Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
May 3, 2007
Atkinson County -- The Southeast Georgia wildfires are putting a strain on county budgets. For some, the costs will reach millions dollars. With the governor's state of emergency declaration, at least part of the cost will be paid by the state, and that's welcomed news.
The fire in Atkinson County has been burning hard in the Roundabout Swamp for nearly a week. "It sounds like a hurricane in there," said Atkinson Commission Chairman Edwin "Tater" Davis. "And it will even pull 6 inch trees out of the dirt! Can you imagine that?"
But what's even harder for them to imagine is what the cost of the fire will add up to. "Certainly, we did not have all this budgeted. We weren't prepared for this!" said Davis.
And they've been keeping track of their spendings so they can ask the state for help. "Fuel, labor, equipment, everything so hopefully when this gets over we'll be able to recover some of those expenses."
And the state is ready to lend a hand by declaring a State of Emergency for 21 counties in Southeast Georgia.
That's good news for those battling the Roundabout fire, and other fires throughout the state. "We need access to all the state resources and this declaration will allow them to participate at a larger degree," said Atkinson EMA Director David Moore.
For example, "State resources such as DOT cannot go off of state right-of-way and we've needed roads closed. This declaration will do things like allow DOT to help close county roads," said Moore.
Atkinson County will be appealing for federal assistance as well, to help them battle this long term blaze.
Atkinson County Commissioner aren't sure yet how much the fire will cost them by the time it's out but say it could not be done without the help and resources from their neighboring counties and the state.